Director of Nursing
Debra Hawkins RN
Senior Director of Nursing
Direct Line: (651)-900-0764
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A NURSE?
I have been a Registered Nurse for 6 years including home health and group home settings. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, I was a Certified Nursing assistant for 15 years providing services in Long term care settings, memory care, TCU's and the Cardiac Unit at St. John's hospital.
WHAT EXPERIENCE DO YOU BRING TO BRIGHTSTAR CARE?
Over the last 6 years in home care/group home settings, I have had many roles. I taught Medication Administration to DSP's, assisted management with medical trainings for staff, pain control, New hire/Annual Education and Managing Medication Administration Records for 53 group homes. The experience I gained as a RN DON for 53 group homes gave me the skills needed to nurture and grow my education in the home care setting. I was a case manager for 1 year before moving into the Director Role with BrightStar. The experience I have gained with staff and clients has provided me with the tools I need to provide the best quality care for our clients.
WHAT ASPECT OF YOUR JOB ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I am most passionate about keeping people at home. I have personal experience with keeping both of my parents at home and the assistance I received from the homecare/hospice people I worked with. This has always been close to my heart and I able to now share my experiences with family members and clients. During this Pandemic it has been difficult for family members and their love ones to provide care at home. With the assistance of our BrightStar corporate and following all of the MDH and CDC guidelines, we at BrightStar of the Twin Cities have made it possible to safely care for people in their homes. I look forward to continuing building relationships with our highly trained RN case managers, LPN's, Caregivers, Clients and family members to maintain the highest level of independence for client and the peace of mind for the family members.
I PROVIDE A HIGHER STANDARD OF CARE FOR OUR CLIENTS BY... I help create an organization and system that is flexible enough to not only accommodate each client’s unique needs, but also enhance their confidence and independence. Simply put, my job is to remove barriers, and work to create a health care experience with you, not for you.